CFP: After Socialism: Forgotten Legacies and Possible Futures in Africa and Beyond (October 13-14, 2017, Bayreuth)

For readers interested in global histories of socialism and development, see this call for papers for a conference to be held from October 13-14, 2017 at the University of Bayreuth: After years of neglect, a burgeoning scholarship has recently emerged on African socialism, Second-Third World relations, anti-colonial radicalism, and state-directed modernization. This new research turn … Continue reading CFP: After Socialism: Forgotten Legacies and Possible Futures in Africa and Beyond (October 13-14, 2017, Bayreuth)

“International History of Agrarian and Rural Development Policies and Doctrines Since 1950” (Workshop, Florence, Italy, November 10-11, 2015)

TODO REACTIVATE 20140920 Readers of the Toynbee Prize Foundation’s Global History Forum may recall our interview with historian Corinna Unger this past autumn – then based at the Jacobs University in Bremen, but now a Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. For those interested in Unger’s research agenda on the global history … Continue reading “International History of Agrarian and Rural Development Policies and Doctrines Since 1950” (Workshop, Florence, Italy, November 10-11, 2015)

From Swadeshi to GDP: Discussing India’s Paths to Development With Corinna Unger

India, or so the geopolitical soothsayers tell us these days, is on the rise. Soon to be the world’s most populous country, since liberalization in the early 1990s, the South Asian giant has seen rates of economic growth that approach China’s. And while regional frozen conflicts like Kashmir, internal guerilla movements, and the decades-long rivalry … Continue reading From Swadeshi to GDP: Discussing India’s Paths to Development With Corinna Unger

Thinking Big … and Small About U.S. History in a Global Context with Daniel Immerwahr

Whether they know it or not, Americans are a people ruled by community organizers, indeed fascinated by them. Barack Obama, many will know, worked as a community organizer in Chicago for three years in the late 1980s, while former Secretary of State and 2016 Presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton wrote her thesis on the community organizer … Continue reading Thinking Big … and Small About U.S. History in a Global Context with Daniel Immerwahr

“Development and Underdevelopment in Postwar Europe” (Columbia University) Conference Report

It’s no secret that one of the most booming sub-disciplines in international and global history today is the history of development–the interaction of the rich world with the poor world before (but especially after) empire, in the hopes that poor societies could be “developed” into something better. Works like Michael Latham’s Modernization as Ideology, Nick … Continue reading “Development and Underdevelopment in Postwar Europe” (Columbia University) Conference Report

Empire of the Air, Empire of the Earth: American History in a Global Context with Jenifer van Vleck

Scan through recent headlines, and it will quickly become clear how much modern societies and international politics revolve around the airplane. During the ongoing Ebola crisis, national health authorities–even those for countries whose flag carriers didn’t run direct flights to West Africa–have panicked over the possibility of a rogue infected passenger contemning whole countries during … Continue reading Empire of the Air, Empire of the Earth: American History in a Global Context with Jenifer van Vleck